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Noway2016
Noway2016

Yall will be happy to know that Comey’s nine year old next door neighbor brought him some chocolate chip cookies after he got fired. Do you think he loves puppies, too?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Most conservative commenters here have gone silent in their support of Trump. Publicly supporting Trump, a low information voter that became President, is too humiliating.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Nah, some of us are just busy and don’t feel like we need to constantly address your whining.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What he said…

xdog
xdog

#nevertrump becomes #nevermind. Ask National Review about it. Or Mike Pence.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I read a story about that King Arthur movie that said Guy Ritchie’s previous move cost $75M to make and grossed $100M, but they called it a flop. Wait, what?!

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

Typically when describing “budget”, they aren’t including marketing costs. For most movies, marketing and distribution accounts for almost double the “budget”, especially if they’re leaning on international ticket sales. So $75M production costs is really $~150M-$180M in total costs to the studio. So gross sales of $100M is going to equate to the $50M-$75M in losses, thus a flop. I know it makes no sense. Why not just roll marketing/distribution into the “budget” number for reporting metrics, right? Then again, we’re talking about an industry that uses “gross ticket sales” as its bellwether benchmark, so you get the drift.

in_atl
in_atl

‘Tis true. Movie studios don’t only cover the production costs, but also the distribution and promotion costs. So that $75 million was likely over $125 million. And the studio doesn’t get all the ticket revenue. They get about 50% in most of the world save China, where they get 25% (40% if a Chinese company contributes half the production costs … which of course nets them half the ticket revenue). So, the movie needed $250 in ticket sales before one could even talk about it earning a profit for Warner Brothers. As it was, it only grossed $110 million worldwide,… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Fake numbers!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Glad to see that Trump is letting noted policy wonk Paul Ryan out of his cage. Paul will probably still have to wear the ankle monitor, though.

MikeSilver
MikeSilver

Ryan is the ball and chain of the Trump’s agenda.

His campaigning for Handel lessens my desire to go out and vote. Heck, my district must be in the Election of the Month club.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Some conservatives have suggested that Trump now release his tax returns to dispel the notion of Trump connections to the Russians. Too bad tax returns can’t prove there’s no connection.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Did yall know Trump DID receive some compensation fro the Russians?? Yep! He sold a property to a Russian buyer. That SOB! How dare he!!!!!

Ellynn
Ellynn

Dmitry Rybolovlev, Russian oligarch, board member of a bank (along with Wilbur Ross) that held Trump business loans the time, buddy with Putin, rumored to be under a grand jury investigation at the time the district AG’s were all fired for international money laundering… that Russian?

Heard the oligarch demolished the house too. Good – that sucker offended my design sensibilities.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Sold the property at a price that may well have been millions more, or $10M+ more than the property was worth. Overpaying to purchase influence may be too difficult for Conservatives to understand, natch.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Starting to think this Donald Trump fella might not be the sharpest tool in the shed.